Monthly Archives: June 2014

Experiencing Seattle Center

Our exchange student from Gdansk joined me for a quick photo shoot through Seattle Center during her recent stay in Seattle. The Space Needle is always a big attraction but I have to admit she just smiled and laughed when I told her about the ‘french fry’ wall. I think she had fun, don’t you? (Photos by Gail Ann, SGSCA President)

 

SPFF helps save The Egyptian

The Egyptian Theatre has been an important part of the Seattle International Film Festival since its inception. Originally built as Masonic Temple in 1915, the building’s auditorium was converted into an Egyptian-themed art house cinema by SIFF in 1980. SIFF sold the lease to Landmark Theatres in 1989 in order to fund the organization’s transition to a non-profit arts organization and has rented the venue for the Seattle International Film Festival every year since. In 2013, the former tenant closed the Egyptian’s doors. Once again, SIFF will reopen another shuttered neighborhood movie house, before the venue can be re-opened for year-round programming SIFF received $150,000 challenge match, needing to raise $300,000, to save the Egyptian for the community.

Seattle International FIlm Festival Check Presentation

On behalf of the Seattle Polish Film Festival / Seattle Gdynia Sister City Association we presented a check in the amount of $500 toward this campaign. Donations go directly to:
• equipment – a projector, server, and computers for the projection room
• critical repairs – electrical, plumbing, ventilation, and the marquee
• the sound system
• cleaning and maintenance

Zbigniew Pietrzyk, Director of SPFF presented the check to Renee C. O’Donnell, Director of Individual Giving – in charge of all individual fundraising through memberships/individual donations and events and
Branden Hawkins, Community Relations Officer – in charge of all community partnerships through donations and outreach. Also witnessing the event was our visiting exchange student Oliwia and Gail Wodzin, President, SGSCA (taking photo).